MERIDEN — Mayor Kevin Scarpati and recently elected city councilors will be sworn in at a ceremony today.
The ceremony and regular City Council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Robert Cyr Auditorium at Platt High School.
The meeting will also include the appointment of the city’s deputy mayor, corporation counsel and constituent case worker. Councilors will also vote on committee membership and leadership.
Scarpati, who ran as as an unaffiliated candidate endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee, said he plans to focus on economic development and business growth in his second term. He plans to reappoint Corporation Counsel Michael Quinn, Constituent Case Worker Robert Kosienski Jr., and Deputy Mayor Michael Cardona.
Democrat David Lowell is slated to take over as City Council majority leader, replacing Democrat Brian Daniels. Lowell has served on the council since 2013 and most recently chaired the economic development, housing and zoning committee.
“I will work together with the entire council in a bipartisan manner and I’m going to do my best to keep the progress going on the economic development side,” Lowell said.
Daniels, who has said this will be his last term on the Council, said he is confident that Lowell will be an effective leader.
“He’s smart. He’s trustworthy. He’s a straight shooter,” Daniels said.
Scarpati said he looks forward to working with Lowell, who he described as a “level-headed” councilor who looks at the facts before jumping to conclusions.
“I think he will provide a good perspective,” Scarpati said. “He approaches things objectively and I think that’s a really good asset to the Council.”
Democrat Bruce Fontanella, the top vote-getter in the council at-large race, will be sworn in, replacing Republican Lenny Rich. Incumbent Councilors Miguel Castro, Larue Graham, Dan Brunet and Bob Williams Jr. will also be sworn in.
According to the meeting agenda, Lowell will continue to chair the economic development, housing and zoning committee while Daniels will take over as chairman of the finance committee, Cardona will assume the chairmanship of the public safety committee, Graham will chair human services, and Battista will remain the chair of public works and parks and recreation.
The City Council will also discuss adding a new standing committee for personnel issues, including collective bargaining, labor relations, personnel policies and practices, employee relations, and organizational structure.